Castellammare del Golfo

The city of the Castle

Castellammare del Golfo, a Sicilian town on the north-western coast, is a pretty town in the province of Trapani that rises above a small promontory. At first known as an emporium of the Segesta helmatic center, the city of Castellammare is soon become one of the most sought after destinations for tourists and lovers of the sea and fishing. Castellammare owes its name to the beautiful castle that rises almost overhanging on the sea, a strategic point where in the past centuries the waters were observed to prevent possible attacks by the invaders. Located right above the mountain complex of Monte Inici, Castellammare also gives its name to the homonymous gulf that extends from Capo Rama to Capo San Vito. and offers visitors breathtaking landscapes (recommended for photography lovers) and the Caribbean Sea. The city also enjoys a wonderful climate, hot summers alternate with mild winters (never too cold), which allow long days in the open air. Castellammare is also a good choice from the logistic point of view, it is possible to reach the main attractions of the north area of ​​Trapani, the beach of Guidaloca, the Faraglioni di Scopello, the Zingaro Nature Reserve and Mount Cofano.

View from above - Castellammare del Golfo

View from above - Castellammare del Golfo (Source: Edmondo Lopez - CC BY 2.0)

How to reach Castellammare del Golfo

By plane

The municipality of Castellammare is located right in the middle between the airport airports "Falcone e Borsellino" of Palermo-Punta Raisi (about 50 km) and the "Vincenzo Florio" of Trapani-Birgi (about 60 Km). From Palermo airport to Castellammare del Golfo, by car, you can reach Castellammare del Golfo booking a transfer service that will pick you up at the arrivals and leave you at the address you want, on our portal you will find the best drivers in the area. By bus, the company Autoservizi Russo and the Tarantola Bus they make direct connections between Palermo Airport and the Municipality of Castellammare. More daily trips are planned during the day (even on Sundays), excluding holidays. The cost of the ticket is about € 15, and you can buy the ticket at the "New Bus Bar", via Paolo Balsamo, 28 (Central Station of Palermo). For info and reservations, see the websites of the transport companies. From Trapani-Birgi airport to Castellammare del Golfo, by car, you can reach San Vito Lo Capo by booking a transfer service, on our website. you always find the best drivers in the area. By bus there are no direct connections between the Trapani airport and the town of Castellammare del Golfo.

By car

The municipality of Castellammare del Golfo is located in a strategic place well connected to the main towns of western Sicily, in particular Trapani and Palermo. From Trapani (city and port) it is possible to easily reach Castellammare del Golfo through the freeway tollgate. The shortest route, in fact, passes from the A29 (direction Palermo), exit Castellammare del Golfo. The distance is about 52 km and it takes about 50 minutes to drive it. From Palermo (city, port and airport) the town of Castellammare del Golfo is 68 km away and takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. The shortest route is via the A29 motorway Trapani direction (no toll), exit Castellammare del Golfo (about 50 km).

By ship or by ferry

Reaching the town of Castellammare del Golfo by ferry can be a recommended choice, especially during the summer. From Italy the fastest destination (and recommended) for Castellammare is the port of Palermo, connected directly to the cities of Genoa, Naples, Salerno, Livorno, Civitavecchia and Cagliari. Among the companies that carry out the service: Tirrenia, Grandi Navi Veloci and Grimaldi Group.

By train

It is possible to reach the city of Castellammare del Golfo also from the railway station of Palermo. The service is offered by Trenitalia. The shortest route is the line from Palermo to Trapani which stops right in the municipality of Castellammare del Golfo. The route Palermo-Castellammare del Golfo is expected to cost about € 8.00 and takes about 2 hours 10 minutes.

How to move to Castellammare del Golfo

On foot, by bike or by scooter are definitely the recommended choices. Castellammare is in fact a small municipality that does not have internal bus services or city shuttles. The village is rather flat and therefore lends itself well to long walks on foot or by bicycle. For the rental of motorcycles and bicycles (also electric), there are several companies that make the service between the historic center and the "La Playa" promenade.

​=Not to be missed in Castellammare del Golfo

The village of Castellammare is home to one of the jewels of the Arab-Norman style of Sicily: the castle of Casteddammari (in Sicilian dialect). Built by the Arabs and enlarged by the Normans, who made it an impregnable fortress, the castle of Castellammare del Golfo, which houses inside the museum pole "The memory of the Mediterranean", is certainly one of the recommended stops on the city tour. Dating back to 1154 AD the Arab-Norman castle was built on a rocky outcrop next to the sea, connected to the mainland by a wooden drawbridge. Over time the castle has undergone various changes also to following the almost complete destruction of the same around 1316 AD. in the clash between the Angevins and the Aragonese. The castle is today completely renovated and public property: of the ancient plant remains little as some of its parts have been incorporated into neighboring buildings. The Arab-Norman castle and the "Memoria del Mediterraneo" Museum Center is open every day from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00. Closing on holidays.

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